SP Phonetics for Eng Speakers
An introduction to the sound system of contemporary Spanish. No previous training in phonetics or phonology is assumed. You will learn how Spanish sounds are produced and how Spanish sentences are transcribed using the International Phonetic Alphabet. The course is also intended to make you aware of the psychological aspects of pronunciation, such as the fact that sounds that are physically different may be perceived as identical and sounds that are identical may be perceived as different. Some class time will be dedicated to pronunciation drills, but you will also be able to practice on your own by using the audio CD that comes with the textbook. Special attention will be given to the differences between the sound systems of Spanish and English that create pronunciation problems for second language Spanish learners. (1 unit)
This course is cross-listed with Professional Preparation for Teachers
Required text: Jorge Guitart, Sonido y sentido: teoría y práctica de la pronunciación del español (Georgetown University Press, 2004).